To begin this week the National Coalition for History has news of recent appointments at the National Council on the Humanities and the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center. Then, we send you to two places on Haiti: Blue Shield’s call for saving Haiti’s cultural heritage and a New York Times op-ed on Haiti’s history. We also report two deaths this week, historians Howard Zinn and Louis R. Harlan. Read two interviews as well, one from AHA President-elect Tony Grafton and the other from an associate professor at Elon University.
We start off this week with some news items: the Committee on Lesbian and Gay History has put out a press release for the 2010 AHA Annual Meeting and Georgetown University has a new masters in global history. Then, we look at the future of print: Syracuse University is keeping its “little used” books, Tom Peters at Library Journal weighs in, and some history students switch to the Kindle. We also link to a number of interviews this week. Hear from Richard Moe, individuals from the Depression and WWII, and editors Mark Philip Bradley and Marilyn Young.
In part one of this interview we introduce Matt Wasniewski, historian in the U.S. House of Representatives. He explains how he got into the history field and his current job, what his regular duties include, and more about his background.
As many AHA members and history professionals already know, a degree in history teaches students solid research techniques, analytical thinking, and writing skills applicable in many jobs. Take Matt Wasniewski, for instance, who works on Capitol Hill for the U.S.
Part one of this interview, which appeared on the blog on Monday, with Richard Gillespie examined his current position as director of education for the Mosby Heritage Area Association and some of his thoughts on history. In Part two he discusses advice for job hunters with history degrees and comments on misconceptions of history.
Q: What advice would you give to those with history degrees who are looking for jobs outside of academia?
A: I think college education is now more and more towards liberal arts: the idea is to learn to read, learn to write, learn to think—history does that.
This post is first in a new series, titled Jobs and Careers in History, to be featured on AHA Today. The series will feature interviews with history professionals who have a range of backgrounds and have careers in a variety of workplaces.
Everyone has that one high school teacher they’ll never forget. Mine was Richard Gillespie, the local history guru in our little western Loudoun County, Virginia, hollow. Growing up, Mr. Gillespie not only taught history, he made it come alive by encouraging students to step outside the textbook and into the past.